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Oasys update for EC7

Oasys Software has updated its retaining wall program Frew, vertical load program Pile, and slope stability program Slope to allow users to carry out analysis to Eurocode 7 standards.

Development of the new programs was carried out with collaboration between Oasys’ developers and Arup’s geotechnical engineering staff, led by Arup director Dr Brian Simpson who co-wrote the original code for Frew and Slope.

Speaking at an Oasys EC7 seminar, Simpson said: “Although EC7’s style was initially unfamiliar, many engineers are finding that it provides a good support for sound geotechnical thinking and design. One of its major goals was to provide a common basis for geotechnical design across Europe.”

Simpson acknowledged that there have been some issues, particularly in the use of EC7 in pile design, but he added that a further round of development of the codes is expected within the next eight years, and 12 “evolution groups” are already working on improvements and additions to the present code.

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